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I beg leave by Your means to acquaint the Committee that as I have submitted to be their prisoner to avoid all possibility of giving them offence I have order'd those few arms I possess (which are only such as Gentlemen generally have to protect them from insult) on board the Tamar. If I have acted in this matter differently from any other Gentleman it does not proceed from the least wish to appear singular but from a persuasion that our bases are totally different. I will not detain You any longer Sir on this very trifling subject, I shall only add that concessions which cannot be submitted to with honor, the Committee will I dare say think it below them to insist on.
I am Sir
Your Most Obedt
& most Hble Servt
ALS, HL Papers, ScHi
; addressed on cover "Coll: Laurens Chairman / of the Genl.
Committee_"; addressed below close "Coll: Laurens_"; dated "Charles Town 2d Janry 1775
"; docketed by HL "Alexr.
Jan¯ry: / intended for September 1775
. / Recd. 2d. Septem¯
_ Read / in Comm¯ee & deter / mined that A I. / have leave of absence / from this / Colony & / that tis Expected he will / avail himself &ca
_"; numbered below docket "5"; numbered at the bottom of the cover sheet "21-28".
The Papers of Henry Laurens,
ed. David R. Chesnutt, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
Electronic version based on
The Papers of Henry Laurens
(Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 10, pp. 305-415. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 4 September 2017]